Post-Graduate Training for Clinicians

The CVTC provides clinical training for child psychiatrists, child psychologists and clinical social workers in assessment, treatment and collaborative approaches to intervention with children and families affected by violence and other potentially traumatic events. The Child Study Center’s Psychology and Psychiatry Fellowship Programs and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry’s residency program include a trauma training elective, which provides an opportunity for intensive training in trauma-related clinical and research work. Clinical psychologists participate in a two-year pre/post doctoral clinical and research fellowship.

Child Psychiatry residents participate in a 4 week seminar module on trauma treatment. In addition, the trauma section offers opportunities for child psychiatry residents to participate in an elective. Medical students receive an introduction to psychological trauma and principles of trauma treatment during their second year. Clinical trainees participate in:

  • Assessment of children’s trauma-related responses to episodes of violence. 
  • Brief and longer-term trauma-focused psychotherapy with children 0-18 and their families. 
  • Acute intervention with children and families affected by violence, as part of the Child Development-Community Policing Program.
  • Experiential and didactic training in principles and practices of community policing and strategies for police/mental health collaboration.